The UK has left the European Union. For how this may affect you see the details provided in this section.


Brexit and Driving Licences

While the UK has left the EU, a transition period was agreed that allowed for the exchange of driving licences to continue. That transition period ends on the 31st of December 2020. If you are resident in Ireland and using a UK licence to drive it will no longer be valid to drive in Ireland after this date. For that reason UK licence holders resident in Ireland should take steps to exchange their licence for an Irish one well in advance of that date.

If you do not submit your original UK/NI licence with your exchange application the NDLS will be unable to validate your application without significant delays.

In the absence of alternative arrangements with the UK, you may have to apply for a learner permit if you wish to continue to drive in Ireland. It may also have implications for your insurance cover after this date.

You can now apply online to exchange your UK licence. Please see here for further details.

Alternatively you can apply in person at an NDLS centre. You must book at appointment here. You must complete a licence application form and present this with the correct fee and your UK driving licence at any NDLS centre. For further details click here.  

For FAQ’s on Brexit and driving licences click here.


Brexit and CPC

With the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement the UK left the EU at 11pm on the 31 January 2020. Under the transition arrangements in place valid UK/NI CPC cards will continue to be valid in Ireland up to the end of the transition period – 31 December 2020.

Any driver with a UK CPC card who is resident or working in Ireland should exchange their CPC card for an Irish CPC card as soon as possible but no later than 31 December 2020. See more here.


Brexit and Tachograph Cards

If you hold a UK/NI driving licence for a truck or bus, are a resident of Ireland, and obtained your tachograph driver card from the Road Safety Authority (RSA), you should exchange your UK/NI driving licence for an Irish one. The driver should apply to the NDLS now using this link

To qualify for an Irish Tachograph card, you must:

• Have a valid Irish or EU driving licence with higher vehicle categories;
• Be a resident of Ireland with a PPS number.

Once you have exchanged your UK/NI licence, then, you are advised to apply online for a new/first time Tachograph Driver card, so that the new driver licence number is recorded on the driver card. A driver who fails to exchange the driver card could be subject to potential delays at roadside checks in the State or elsewhere.


Click here to see detailed FAQs on Brexit and Digital Tachograph


Brexit and Impacts of Type Approval on Motor Vehicles  

With effect from 31 January 2020 the UK is no longer a member of the EU.

This Information Note is provided to industry in particular to provide some clarification in respect of Brexit the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU).  It specifically concerns the type approval of Category M (passenger vehicles), N (goods vehicles), O (their trailers) and L (two and three-wheeled motor vehicles, e.g. motorcycles and mopeds).

On 31 January 2020, when the withdrawal agreement entered into force, the United Kingdom left the European Union. This marked the start of the transition period that lasted until 31 December 2020.

During this transition period, the UK no longer participated in any of the European institutions, while EU law continued to apply to the UK. During this phase, the EU and the UK engaged in negotiations to determine their future relationship.

On 31 December 2020, the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. It is provisionally applicable since 1 January 2021.

Since 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom is an independent coastal State with corresponding rights and obligations under international law.p>

Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more details.


For more information on all Brexit related issues and getting Ireland Brexit ready please visit the Governments website here


Brexit and Recognition of an EU Certificate of Roadworthiness for a Passenger Vehicles

Imported vehicles from another EU Member State can continue to display the roadworthiness certificate from the country of origin within the EU, which will be recognised in Ireland until the expiry date. The owner should apply and pass the NCT for the vehicle before the expiry of their current EU roadworthiness certificate.

As the UK is no longer a member of the EU, a MOT is no longer valid in the State.  An imported UK private vehicle that is four years or older and re-registered in the State will be subject to a National Car Test (NCT) in line with the date of registration in Ireland.


Brexit and EU Roadworthiness Certificates for Commercial Vehicles

Imported UK commercial vehicles including trailers that are under a year old and re-registered in the State will be subject to a commercial vehicle test (CVRT) in line with the date of first ever registration.

Imported commercial vehicles more than one year old including trailers will have to be tested in the CVRT network in line with the date the vehicle was registered in Ireland.

For more information on commercial vehicle testing see

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